Oftentimes people inquire about who will be at a particular event. This determines if they'll show.
Let's face this one head on. All around us are deeply distraught supporters of Hillary Clinton and angry adversaries of Donald Trump.
In the 1500s, reformer Martin Luther gave us this warning: "I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth."
I don't know about you, but the constant barrage of negativity and gloomy reports in the news tends to beat me down. Polls show only a paltry 21% of American voters believe we're headed in the right direction.
The July 4th holiday is for most of us a joyous occasion celebrating the birthday of this great nation. A day off work to enjoy family, friends, barbecue, fireworks and festivities lifts our spirits and should remind us "I'm Proud to be an American" as the patriotic ballad proclaims.
What started as an interesting idea to convene 300 Christian leaders in New York for a time with Donald Trump literally exploded in weeks! The interest was so overwhelming that special ID badges had to be made to accommodate over 1,000 who eventually came from all over America.
Preparing to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary, my wife and I went to see "Motown the Musical" here in Music City USA. It was fantastic!
The current Pew Research Faith Poll reveals a "massive 19 point increase among those saying Hillary Clinton is 'not too' or 'not at all' religious." Are her statements regarding her religion hollow and hypocritical?
USA Today published the results of a national survey among 18 to 31 year-olds regarding living together. A whopping 76% of young Americans said that cohabitation before marriage is fine.
Last week a man shot 13 times at a Philadelphia policeman in his car. The execution was foiled as the policeman miraculously survived, pursued him, and the man was apprehended.
2,500 days ago expectations ran high as the Obama presidency began. Hailed as an epochal event, the nation's first black Commander-in-chief launched his "fundamental transformation of America."
Imagine at your year-end, office Christmas party the boss calls forward some for special recognition as "Person of the Year." There are also two runners-up.
During this holiday season, it's natural to think about giving. Multitudes of churches and ministries wisely seize the moment. "It's the most wonderful time of the year …" so it's an opportune time to encourage people to be generous with end-of-year giving.
The Bible teaches us in 1 John 5:19 that Satan illegally controls this present world and rules this kingdom of darkness. For hundreds of years, our beloved nation enjoyed a blessed reprieve from many aspects of Satan's reign because of the prevailing influence of the gospel and our Judeo-Christian foundations.
On Saturday evening, my wife and I had a blast with another couple at a "Beatles" concert. Hundreds of people from all ages gathered to sing along to the classic hits by the Fab Four.
On a more reflective note, as death approaches people are often asked if they have any regrets. Getting older presents fewer opportunities for "bucket lists" or "do-overs" so many folks engage in a little bit more honest life review. The realization sinks in that no one is going to live forever no matter how many "age-defying" products are marketed today.
Many who saw Miley hosting Sunday evening's MTV Video Music Awards show or her promo videos leading up to it, experienced both revulsion and heartfelt concern. Anyone dismissing her example for youth today as "edgy yet harmless" entertainment needs to wake up.
Here's the deal: Out-of-control spending and borrowing have become the cultural norm with our leaders who are inflicting an ever-mushrooming debt burden on the unsuspecting next generation — our children and grandchildren. It is immoral.
Multitudes across America who identify with much of the uncompromising message Donald Trump brings, secretly wish someone could sit down with him and temper him in some areas so he could be more effective politically.
Thursday I had the honor of speaking to over 300 pastors who gathered from 9 AM till 4 PM prior to the first Republican presidential debate in my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The presidential candidates had opportunities to share but most eyes were riveted on Donald Trump, as they were in the evening debate.
In my study I have a giant poster of one of my heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of his famous quotes is the following: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
A few days ago I shared a YouTube video with a young father detailing the effects of the gay agenda on children in other countries that are further "down the road" than we are in America. He was utterly shocked as well as sobered, realizing where we are headed.
With the Supreme Court about to announce their ruling and conservative, Catholic Ireland approving homosexual marriage by popular vote, we now face the president of the Boy Scouts of America basically calling for an overhaul of the 105-year-old organization's mission to include homosexual troop leaders!
After gay marriage, brace yourself for assisted suicide - it's next on the agenda.
Pastors and politicians usually have to feel the heat before they see the light. Now we are crossing the Rubicon to face the chilling consequences of this horrible decision.